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Malema’s valuables missing

As the valuables of expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema go on auction this week, there is still no sign of the expensive watches, designer clothing and finer things that were part and parcel of the lavish lifestyle that the politician once enjoyed.

At the end of January, the valuables were removed from the Sandown home which Malema was renting to be auctioned off in a bid to pay his R16 million tax bill.

But the list – seen by The Sunday Independent – is purely made up of household valuables, and the R250 000 Breitling watch that Malema sported in the past and the Gucci suits are nowhere to be seen.

Last week The Sunday Independent reported how the taxman had asked the Pretoria High Court for a preservation order of Malema’s assets after he tried to hide his valuables from Sars.

According to the court papers, some of the assets that had been attached at his Polokwane home in Florapark in January could not be found when the sheriff attempted to remove the goods. The items from Malema’s Florapark home were auctioned off for a paltry R54 810. Sars has also applied for Malema to be placed under curatorship, following its application to place him under sequestration earlier this year. Called yesterday, Malema did not wish to comment.

The most valuable item on the list is Malema’s black Viano Mercedes CDI30. Other items that will go under the hammer in Midrand include two coffee tables – one with a glass top and the other in a nest of three – a rug, an air conditioner, a mirror, two umbrellas, a lawnmower, an edge cutter and a heater.

A painting has been listed among goods to be auctioned with seven lounge and dining room suites.

Winnie ‘shocked’ NPA .

Johannesburg - ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is shocked by comments from the NPA that she might be prosecuted for the deaths of two men, her lawyer said on Saturday.

“Mrs Mandela wishes to express her surprise and shock at the statement issued by one Phindi Louw on behalf of the National Prosecuting Authority in which she asserts that there are processes currently underway which will lead to her prosecution for the deaths of the late Lolo Sono and Siboniso Tshabalala,” attorney Pops Templeton Mageza said in a statement.

“To her knowledge, these are matters that have already been comprehensively dealt with in open transparent televised public hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).”

Louw could not be immediately reached for comment.

Judgment day for Mathale

ANC will most likely disband its Limpopo leadership structure today in what could be construed as a precursor for the recall of Premier Cassel Mathale.

The party’s national executive committee (NEC) will disband Limpopo’s provincial executive committee (PEC) following a report tabled by the national working committee (NWC) after it met with provincial branches and other structures in the province.

The NEC will apparently appoint a task team to oversee the work of the province for nine months.

ANC spokesman Keith Khoza said last night that the NEC was still discussing the matter. “No decision has been taken.”

Mathale could not be reached for comment. ANC Limpopo spokesman Makonde Mathivha said: “You can’t get comment from me, if we are disbanded. I speak on behalf of the PEC. But if it is no longer there, I cannot comment. If I commented, it would be in my personal capacity.”

The province was paralysed by factional fights and polarised between supporters of President Jacob Zuma and the Mathale faction, which wanted Kgalema Motlanthe to take over from Zuma at the ANC conference last year.